This is a postcard send to my great-grandmother in July of 1916 from Ballston, Oregon. Apparently there was quite a watermelon feast going on! Some of the faces in this crowd are priceless, particularly the little imps under the watermelon table. I'm also not sure whether the chicken was invited to pose or not . . . .
The back of the postcard reads:
Hello Alta -
How are you and what are doing to fill the time? I finally located a print of the picture I promised to send you and here it is. Not a very good one but it will give you an idea of the crew and what we had for a treat. Was over as far as Grandpa's today but couldn't get as far as your place as I would have liked to have done. Oh! Pardon me I forgot about that ring I happened to see. Wishing you good luck and best wishes, I am yours, L. F.
1915, a year before this postcard picture was taken, it had 104 residents. But by the 1950s the railroad had moved on and the town was basically abandoned. Today it is considered a ghost-town, most well-known for its school building, built in 1855 and thought to be the oldest surviving school in Oregon. This picture is from 1964, before it was restored and moved to a park. Today, there is a Ballston community organization which apparently still puts together some rousing dinners, though watermelon isn't mentioned . . .
(Those Places Thursday is a Geneabloggers event)